|Piazza de Ferrari|
Today is our one year anniversary in Italy. For the last several weeks I've been thinking about this past year and what it means to live in this beautiful but complicated country. But I've also been thinking about how completely nuts I've become trying to drink it all in and practically drowning in the process. So, in no particular order, here's what I've learned so far...
... about living in Italy
Crazy, chaotic, frustrating, enigmatic, inscrutable, beautiful, fabulous Italy. Warning: Not for the faint of heart.
It is not absolutely necessary to have the dishwasher and the hairdryer on at the same time. The dishes can wait.
|St. George's baby dragon|
...about learning Italian
If you speak it, it will come. Piano, piano.
...about Italian food
If you don't like fish, don't live in a port town.
If you don't want to eat cephalopods, learn what they're called in Italian.
If you want bucatini all'amatraciana either cook it yourself or move to Rome, 'cause you won't find it here.
There are 300 different shapes of pasta...at least.
|Cattedrale di San Lorenzo|
...about Italian television
Dreadful, completely dreadful.
|Chiesa del Gesu'|
You always know when a goal is scored whether you want to or not. Law of Physics: Sound rises!
|Lo stadio from our hill|
...about being tall
There are advantages and disadvantages:
Advantage - When standing in the bus, people can't see you haven't done your roots in weeks.
Disadvantage - You can't sit down.
Advantage - When standing in the bus you can reach the bar along the top of the bus to hang on.
Disadvantage - Other people's heads are in your armpit, a situation that is socially awkward.
Advantage - My head isn't in someone else's armpit, a situation I go to great lengths to avoid...especially in summer.
Advantage - You can reach products on the highest shelf.
Disadvantage - Everyone knows you can reach so you spend half your time getting things off shelves for other people.
Advantage - You can wear things short people can't wear.
Disadvantage - None of those things are sold in Italy.
They're great, except that their idea of personal space and mine differ by about 12".
...about being an Expat
My countries are my countries. I don't love one the less because I live in the other.
|Carlo Felice Opera House|
You know you have a great one when he adopts your dream as his own, and only whines a little bit.
|Castello Mackenzie from our dining room|
Sometimes I would rather stick needles in my eyes. Most of the time my little exercise in self-absorption is joyful and incredibly satisfying.
|Chiesa di San Giorgio|
...about things I miss
An American size refrigerator
...about things I don't miss
|La Lanterna and the working port|
Living in Genova is like peeling an onion, there's always another layer you didn't expect.
...about the future, well, there's always...